The international mountain-biking community has begun to pay serious attention to Australia, which has a series of new, world-class riding experiences. At the tiny village of Derby, in Tasmania’s picturesque north-east, visitors will find the newly opened Blue Derby network – more than 100km (60 miles) of biking tracks that weave through eucalypt forests and bushland, past majestic tree ferns, rivers and gorges. There’s a trail for everyone, from beginners through to pros (300 riders descended on Derby for a round of the prestigious Enduro World Series in early 2017).
Want a guided, luxury exploration of the network? The Blue Derby Pods Ride includes chef-prepared meals and sleeping in treehouse-like pods. In the state’s Derwent Valley near Hobart, Maydena Bike Park – designed and built by Dirt Art, also involved in creating the course for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Thredbo Valley Track through the back country of the Snowy Mountains – is set to open on 26 January, 2018.
Additionally, Canberra’s mountain biking mecca, Stromlo Forest Park this year unveiled another addition to their Vapour Trail Network – the black diamond G Lock run. The international mountain-biking community is also keeping an eye on Tropical North Queensland where a major MTB event is slated for 2018 (more info to come). The region is already home to 7000km (4350 miles) of mountain-bike trails; plans to build a stunning 60km (37 miles) biking and hiking trail between Port Douglas and Palm Cove are also in the works. The Wangetti Trail will run parallel to the Captain Cook Highway, showcasing the region’s scenic beauty.